The Straits Times
Published on Oct 15, 2012

Kagawa eyeing risk and rewards against Brazil


TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa has urged the Asian champions to take more risks when they face five-time World Cup winners Brazil in a friendly in Poland on Tuesday.

Manchester United's summer signing scored the winner in a 1-0 upset over France in Paris on Friday, Japan's first victory over Les Bleus in six meetings.

However, Kagawa demanded Japan sharpen up as they look to use Tuesday's game against the 2014 World Cup hosts to prepare for a qualifier in Oman on Nov 14.

"When you play against the best teams you need to take more risks," the 23-year-old told Japanese media on Monday. "We still don't take enough risks.